You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Euro regulators probe DVD competish

Antitrust watchdogs look into Toshiba, Blu-ray

European antitrust regulators are investigating whether manufacturers of next-generation DVDs, including Sony and Toshiba, are stifling competition through exclusive contracts with film studios and computer makers.

The European Commission began a preliminary probe this month by sending questionnaires to supporters and customers of two competing formats for high-definition DVDs, Toshiba’s HD DVD and Sony’s Blu-ray, commission spokesman Michael Mann said Wednesday. The regulator can levy fines of as much as 10% of sales for antitrust violations.

“The commission has asked a number of factual questions concerning the development and licensing of HD DVD and Blu-ray technologies,” said Koji Kurata, a Sony spokesman.

“The European Commission has made requests for information from companies involved with HD DVD, and the companies are complying with these requests in a timely manner,” said a spokesman for the HD DVD promotion group.

Among the issues the EC could be looking into are potential inducement of studios and tech companies to support either format or the use of a position of dominance in adjacent markets, such as Sony’s Playstation 3 and Microsoft’s Xbox 360, which work with Blu-Ray and HD DVD, respectively, to gain an advantage in hi def DVDs.

Every major studio except Universal is releasing DVDs in Sony’s Blu-ray format. U is the only studio aligned solely with HD DVD; Warner Bros. and Paramount are working with both.

HD DVD launched in April, while the first Blu-ray titles and player hit stores in June.

More Scene

  • Good Plus Foundation Halloween Bash

    Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld Host Charity Halloween Bash With Gwyneth Paltrow, Sarah Michelle Gellar

    European antitrust regulators are investigating whether manufacturers of next-generation DVDs, including Sony and Toshiba, are stifling competition through exclusive contracts with film studios and computer makers. The European Commission began a preliminary probe this month by sending questionnaires to supporters and customers of two competing formats for high-definition DVDs, Toshiba’s HD DVD and Sony’s Blu-ray, […]

  • 'Walking Dead' Cast Shares Hopes for

    'Walking Dead' Cast Shares Hopes for 200th Episode at Season 8 Premiere (Watch)

    European antitrust regulators are investigating whether manufacturers of next-generation DVDs, including Sony and Toshiba, are stifling competition through exclusive contracts with film studios and computer makers. The European Commission began a preliminary probe this month by sending questionnaires to supporters and customers of two competing formats for high-definition DVDs, Toshiba’s HD DVD and Sony’s Blu-ray, […]

  • David Letterman Mark Twain Prize

    Jimmy Kimmel to David Letterman at Mark Twain Ceremony: 'Everything Was Fine Until You Went Off the Air'

    European antitrust regulators are investigating whether manufacturers of next-generation DVDs, including Sony and Toshiba, are stifling competition through exclusive contracts with film studios and computer makers. The European Commission began a preliminary probe this month by sending questionnaires to supporters and customers of two competing formats for high-definition DVDs, Toshiba’s HD DVD and Sony’s Blu-ray, […]

  • 'Suburbicon' film premiere

    George Clooney 'Glad' Academy Took Action Against Weinstein: 'It's Long Overdue'

    European antitrust regulators are investigating whether manufacturers of next-generation DVDs, including Sony and Toshiba, are stifling competition through exclusive contracts with film studios and computer makers. The European Commission began a preliminary probe this month by sending questionnaires to supporters and customers of two competing formats for high-definition DVDs, Toshiba’s HD DVD and Sony’s Blu-ray, […]

  • GLSEN Respect Awards

    Gay Actors Talk Sexual Harassment at GLSEN Awards: 'It Definitely Happens'

    European antitrust regulators are investigating whether manufacturers of next-generation DVDs, including Sony and Toshiba, are stifling competition through exclusive contracts with film studios and computer makers. The European Commission began a preliminary probe this month by sending questionnaires to supporters and customers of two competing formats for high-definition DVDs, Toshiba’s HD DVD and Sony’s Blu-ray, […]

  • 'The Breadwinner' film premiere

    Angelina Jolie Talks 'The Breadwinner' at AIF Fest: Women's Rights 'Remain a Central Burning Issue'

    European antitrust regulators are investigating whether manufacturers of next-generation DVDs, including Sony and Toshiba, are stifling competition through exclusive contracts with film studios and computer makers. The European Commission began a preliminary probe this month by sending questionnaires to supporters and customers of two competing formats for high-definition DVDs, Toshiba’s HD DVD and Sony’s Blu-ray, […]

  • Made By Google

    Rashida Jones, Jaden Smith and More Stars Party at Made by Google Opening Night

    European antitrust regulators are investigating whether manufacturers of next-generation DVDs, including Sony and Toshiba, are stifling competition through exclusive contracts with film studios and computer makers. The European Commission began a preliminary probe this month by sending questionnaires to supporters and customers of two competing formats for high-definition DVDs, Toshiba’s HD DVD and Sony’s Blu-ray, […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content